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Adaptation-based Process Therapy (APT)

Venue: BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London
Date: Friday 19th April 2013


Adaptation-based Process Therapy (APT): An integrative psychotherapeutic approach for complex presentations and diagnoses of personality disorder

Adaptation-based Process Therapy (APT) was developed by the speakers in response to both our clinical feelings and client demands for an intervention that went beyond behavioural or cognitive based therapies . In particular APT was developed for clients who informed us ‘I understand it, but I can't feel it', indentified as a ‘heart-head lag'.  These were clients who had completed one or several therapeutic interventions, often CBT,  but felt emotionally disconnected from the aims and structure of the therapies. The clients are secondary care (Step 4), usually with one or more diagnosis of personality disorder. NICE does not currently provide guidance for co morbid personality presentations or cluster A or C personality disorders (DSM-IV). These presentations make up a majority of secondary care referrals, and audit of our service found this to be approximately 87% of all referrals.  We based the approach on what what we found helpful in our practices and cintegrated aspects from NICE recommend treatments for Borderline Personality disorder, DBT and psychodynamic theory.

The workshop will reflect the process of running an APT group, by presenting psychoeducation components of the model and inviting participants to experience the interventions used. The structure, rationale and ethos of APT will be explained and where possible videoed material and facilitator led role play will be also be presented to illustrate key points.  We are conducting ongoing outcome research but initial results have shown significant decreases on the MCMI-III subtests of disclosure, debasement, dysthymia, alcohol abuse,  and results are approaching significant decreases for approaching significance, Borderline and Histrionic  scales (pls correct the end of this sentence)Client evaluation has also been positive with groups rating ‘Progress Made' 21 out of potential 28, and ‘Quality of Service' 27 out of 28.

This workshop is intended for Counselling and Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychological Therapists, Integrative Practitioners, Commissioners for Psychological therapy services

Learning outcomes and objectives:
- Understanding and awareness of the APT model
- Increased feelings of motivation and confidence in working with challenging presentations
- Understanding of the use and application of the techniques used
- Consideration of the nature and definition of complex presentations and diagnosis of personality disorder
- Participants feeling that they have gained new skills or insights

Facilitators: Dr Hamilton Fairfax CPsychol AFBPsS and Dr Frances Gillies

If you wish to register for this event please complete the online booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224505.


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